We headed to Ohio for a weekend at Cedar Point not too long ago. I had some Club Carlson points to burn up when they were in the process of taking away the second night free perk. We made plans back in April to visit Cedar Point on a Saturday leaving Friday open for either driving or something touristy. Some thing touristy that I cannot do at home is tour a cave.
I have vertigo issues that come and go so I figured if it came down to it I could read a book at the car while Husband and Daughter went into the cave. We easily found the location on our GPS not far from the Ohio turnpike. There were several cars in the parking lot next to the cemetery. (If you are traveling with a trailer or motor home they do have ample easy parking for you.) Bathrooms are clean port-a-johns next to the parking area. And they have a cute cut out for a family picture outside. They also offer the mine slouching for kids but we did not take the time.
Everyone told me to tour the monuments at night. Hands down that was the more recommended thing to do in DC. You can walk, you can take a coach bus, you can take a mini bus or even bike. I had read reviews of what sounded like hoards of people pouring off a bus and being short on time to see the monument. That sounded horrible! I knew going in the fall would help but I wanted to ensure a smaller sized group!
Bike and Roll DC was the answer! They offered a nights monument tour that was 3 hours in length and around 4 miles biked. The tour left at 6:30 which is just dark enough for getting started. They also try to keep it around 16 riders and staying off the street. Just right for two adults who never have a reason to ride a bike anymore.
It was raining the day of our tour and we were contacted to see if we wanted to plan on the tour or switch nights. That is customer service!!!!!! Since we had two nights in DC and it was not pouring rain we chose to go ahead with our tour. This was great as everyone else backed out, private tour for us!
I will admit to getting turned around and having to ask for help in finding the meeting location. We were so close to it but my phone couldn’t figure it out. People in DC were so helpful, a nice man pointed us round the corner and we were there.
You are given a bottle of water, a helmet and safety vest before you get your bike. The bike has a small pouch on the front for your water, camera or whatever you need to carry. And for night tours a safety light.
We had a quick trip planned to Seattle and no good reason to rent a car. We were with in a short walking distance of the commuter train to downtown. And we walked a quick block from the airport to the hotel. But having the opportunity I wanted to get Daughter up on a mountain. We were so close to Mt. Rainier that I really wanted to try and visit it.
Sometimes a tour is the best option! I could have rented a car for one day and driven us up there but instead we booked with Tours Northwest. They picked us up at our hotel in a mini bus around 7am. Made a quick stop at a grocery store for anyone who wanted to take a deli sandwich and to use the bathroom. (We bought deli sandwiches instead of eating at the Mt. Rainier cafe to save time for hiking.) Our bus was quite full with other tourists like ourselves so that made the trip fun.